2018 Dodge Challenger

Rating7.6

Ranked #3 in Midsize Muscle Coupe

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Starting MSRP 

$27,295 - $33,995

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Key Spec of 2018 Dodge Challenger
fuel economy

19/23/30

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

305 hp @ 6350 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Practical base engine

Competition has better engines

New optional 19 inch rims

Good ride quality

Handling duller than all rivals

New paint colors

Lots of cargo capacity

Interior materials need to be improved

2018 Dodge Challenger Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Dodge Challenger scratches the itch for most of the American muscle car buyers. It is one car that has all the elements of a classic muscle car - the design cues, the big block V-8s, and prices that are accessible to most buyers. It has been around for a long while now but the 2018 Dodge Challenger is a truly desirable piece of metal. It is quite irresistible in every variant and there are lots of it offered.

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Trim wise pricing breakdown


NameInvoice PriceMSRPNumber of Listings
GT 2dr Coupe AWD (3.6L 6cyl 8A)$33336$33995217 Listings
SXT 2dr Coupe (3.6L 6cyl 8A)$27038$27295511 Listings
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Over All Rating

7.6

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Trims

SXT$27,295 onwards

  • 60/40-Split folding rear seats
  • 7-Inch touchscreen infotainment display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Automatic headlights
  • Dual-Zone automatic climate control
  • Keyless ignition and entry
  • Rearview camera
  • Six-Way power-adjustable driver seat

SXT Plus$30,295 onwards

  • Electrochromic rearview mirror
  • Performance tires
  • Rear Defrost
  • Smart Device Integration

GT$33,995 onwards

  • 8.4-Inch touchscreen infotainment display
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Foglights
  • Heated & ventilated front seats
  • Power-Adjustable & heated steering wheel
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Satellite & HD radio


Colors and Styles

Build Car
Billet Clearcoat

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The base model Dodge Challenger itself is split into three trim levels called SXT, SXT PLUS and GT. Although this is not the trim that satisfies the adventure seekers, it is still a whole lot of equipment for the kind of money is offered at. It starts at an MSRP of $27,295 and competes against the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, and the Chrysler 300. This is a category of very powerful American cars and the Dodge Challenger has a lot to prove to establish itself in this category. Let us see how it performs in this regard.


Features
9.0/10

The 2018 Challenger has three trim levels as we have mentioned and they are called SXT, SXT PLUS, and GT. Out of these, the GT is the only all-wheel-drive offering in the line-up and does not find a lot of takers because the whole ethos of a car such as the Dodge Challenger is in the rear-wheel-drive set up. The car has not changed much in the past few years that it has been in production and does not find much in the name of changes this year either. Prices are unreasonable side with the base trim starting at just $27,295 without options and being reasonably equipped with features such as a 7-inch touchscreen, dual-zone automatic climate control, 18-inch wheels, and so on.

Trims

SXT

SXT PLUS

GT

MSRP

$27,295

$29,995

$33,495

Key Features

Uconnect 4 with a 7-Inch Touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto

Adds to or replaces SXT features:

All-Wheel Drive

 

Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control

20-Inch Granite Crystal Aluminum Wheels

Dodge Performance Pages

 

ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera

Heated and Ventilated Sport Nappa Leather-Trimmed Seats

19-Inch Aluminum Wheels

 

Keyless Enter and Go Available for Remote Vehicle Start

Sirius Satellite Radio

Heated Leather-Wrapped Performance Steering Wheel with Paddle Shifters

 

18-Inch Cast Aluminum Wheels

ParkSense Rear Park Assist System

Heated Leather-Trimmed Front Seats

 

 

Six Premium Alpine Speakers

 

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Since there is a wide range of trims on offer and you have narrowed it down to the base three trim levels, you have quite a lot of choice in itself here. First of all, between the powertrains, you are better off with the rear-wheel-drive layout as they bring out the driving dynamics of the car. Out of the two trims, we prefer you go with the SXT PLUS as it offers a lot of extra features for very little extra money. In terms of the optional extras, we recommend you add the Cold Weather package as well as Sound Group 1 and Sound Group 2 packages, which add features like a 9-speaker sound system and so on. The Driver Convenience Group also promises a lot of useful features and driver assists.

Engine and Performance
7.0/10

The 2018 Dodge Challenger is powered by a 3.6 L V6 engine that is the smallest power plant offered with the car. This is matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission that is not super energetic in terms of the shift quality or the speed with which it delivers them. It produces 305 hp and 268 pound-feet of torque. There are much bigger engines in the car and they are offered at much higher prices too. The drivetrain layout also comes with options. You get to choose between rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

This is honestly the biggest attraction that buyers see in the car as it is hard to find such a capable engine for the sticker price this car is offered at. The steering feels is kind of a disappointment because it is not delivering any information you need. The ride quality is good because the suspension is tuned to deliver a very balanced performance. Although there is an optional sport-tuned suspension, it does not do much in bringing the weight of the car under control. Acceleration is extremely quick at 5.2 seconds to 60.

Model

2018 Dodge Challenger Coupe

2018 Ford Mustang

2018 Chevrolet Camaro

2018 Chrysler 300

MSRP

$27,295

$25,680

$25,905

$28,995

Engine

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

2.3L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

3.6L Pentastar V6 Engine

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

RWD

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

8-speed automatic

Power

305 hp @ 6350 rpm

310 hp @ 5500 rpm

275 hp @ 5600 rpm

292 hp @ 6350 rpm

Torque

268 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm

350 lb-ft @ 4300 rpm

295 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm

252 hp @ 4850 rpm

0-60 MPH

5.2 sec

5.2 sec

5.0 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter mile

12.6 sec 

13.8 sec 

13.6 sec

15.2 sec

Top Speed

155 mph

155 mph

165 mph

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The Dodge Challenger has one of the more powerful units in the segment. However, in terms of performance, it is the Chevrolet Camaro that is the most impressive. Although it’s power output is the lowest, it is the most violent in terms of performance and would provide for bragging rights just by standing still. The Dodge still has a decent grip on acceleration and can run the quarter-mile in the shortest time. The Chrysler has the least performance in the segment and if you are being real, it has a completely different character compared to the other cars here. In terms of price, it is the Ford Mustang that is truly impressive.

Fuel Economy
7.0/10

The 3.6 L V6 engine in the Dodge might be a bit of a disappointment on the drag strip but it is a much more efficient engine for everyday driving. The 5.7 L V-8 might have the bragging rights in terms of performance but if you are paying for a gallon of gasoline for every 14 miles you traveled, it would soon raise serious questions about how much you love the car. 3.6 L Panthers that V6 prevents you from having this conversation with yourself as it returns 19 mpg in the city and a whopping 30 mpg on the highway, which is very decent for something that looks like a muscle car. It compensates with its 18.5-gallon fuel tank, which lets it have a decent range.

Model

2018 Dodge Challenger Coupe

2018 Ford Mustang

2018 Chevrolet Camaro

2018 Chrysler 300

Mpg city

19

21

24

19

Mpg highway

30

30

35

30

Mpg combined

25

26

28

23

Fuel Capacity

18.5 gallons

16 gallons

19 gallons

18.5 gallons

Range (miles)

351/550/463

336/480/416

456/665/532

352/555/425

Even though the Challenger has decent MPG figures, it is safe to say that some of its competitors are much more advanced in terms of engine technology. Its rivals, the Mustang and Camaro return slightly better fuel economy figures by almost a few MPG in every aspect. The Chevrolet Camaro comes out to be their leader in terms of range with its massive 19 gallons tank. The Chrysler returns nearly the same figures as the Dodge Challenger as it is powered by the same engine.

Interior
6.0/10

When we said that the Dodge Challenger is all about the engine, what we also mean to say is that the interior is not the best place to be in. It has interiors from several years ago and has started to feel dated. The quality of materials can certainly be upgraded especially for it car that costs about $30,000. There are a good amount of features to compensate for the lack of sophistication though. One gets features like dual-zone automatic climate control, touchscreen infotainment system, and so on.

It still has a driver-centric theme and hence is a welcoming place despite its shortcomings. The design has been borrowed from several generations of Dodge Challengers and definitely looks distinctive. In terms of interior space, it is much ahead in its category and has a 16.2 ft.³ of trunk, which is very much comparable to family sedans rather than other sports coupes. We would have liked it better if there was a design update soon.

Model

2018 Dodge Challenger Coupe

2018 Ford Mustang

2018 Chevrolet Camaro

2018 Chrysler 300

Passenger capacity

5

4

4

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.3/58.5/42

37.6/56.3/44.5

38.5/55/43.9

38.6/59.5/41.8

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.1/53.9/33.1

34.8/52.2/30.6

33.5/53/29.9

37.9/57.7/40.1

Cargo Volume (cube ft.)

16.2

13.5

9.0

16.3

Despite being a coupe it is extremely clear just how big the Dodge Challenger is on the inside when compared to its competition. There is a ton of space offered inside the car and five passengers can travel in the latest comfort. Seating capacities are nearly the same for all cars but the Ford Mustang and Camaro can only seat four people. The Challenger also has the biggest trunk capacity out of its rivals by quite a bit. The main interior features of the include:

  • Audio and cruise controls and steering
  • Keyless ignition
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Front and rear cupholders
  • 4 one-touch power windows
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Leather steering wheel

How intuitive is the infotainment system in the 2018 Dodge Challenger Coupe?

The infotainment system in the Challenger is quite new, unlike its interiors and mechanicals. It is the best of what the Chrysler group has to offer and comes with a UConnect 7.0 inch screen that provides navigation other necessary features. There are optional systems that are much better as well. The sound system was also quite decent and has six speakers in total. The standout infotainment features include:

  • 8.4 touchscreen display interface
  • Auxiliary audio input
  • USB with external media control
  • AM/FM stereo
  • Satellite radio
  • Memory card slot
  • Speed sensitive volume control
Exterior
7.0/10

The exterior styling of the Dodge Challenger has been similar for a while now but that is with reason. The car has followed a gentle evolution from what we have seen in the 70s. It is definitely beautiful and classy. However, it is still a striking design and reminds us of all the muscle cars of the past while still being packaged in modern attire. There are several packages available that can help you customize the Dodge Challenger according to your requirement. It has massive road presence as well.

Model

2018 Dodge Challenger Coupe

2018 Ford Mustang

2018 Chevrolet Camaro

2018 Chrysler 300

Curb weight(lbs.)

4232

3705

3685

4013

Length(in)

197.9

188.3

188.30

198.6

Width(in)

75.7

75.4

74.7

75

Height(in)

57.5

54.4

53.1

58.5

Ground clearance(in)

5.2

5.3

-

4.7

Wheelbase(in)

116.2

107.1

110.7

120.2

You cannot find a dimension where the Dodge Challenger is smaller than its rivals. Well, the Chrysler 300 is slightly bigger in some dimensions but you get the point we are trying to make. The heaviest car in this category is still the Dodge which does deduct points from it in terms of performance. The Camaro and Mustang are both smaller and lighter, which translates to a better performance on the track. When comparing the ground clearance, Mustang stands tallest to the ground at 5.3 inches. The main exterior features include:

  • Power sunroof
  • Modern hood stripe
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper
  • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
  • Black Side Windows Trim
  • Body-Colored Door Handles
  • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
  • Fixed Rear Window with Defroster
  • Light Tinted Glass
  • Variable Intermittent Wipers
  • Front license plate mounting package
Safety
8.0/10

The Dodge Challenger is a heavy car but some of that is due to the amazing safety technology it packs inside. It has scored an overall five-star rating in the NHTSA crash tests but the IIHS had given it only a moderate rating. It also has impressive build quality and structural strength. You would also find a lot of active as well as passive safety features in the car. Some safety features include:

  • Antilock disc brakes
  • Automatic high beams
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Curtain airbags and front knee airbags
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Forward collision warning
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
Competition
9.0/10

2018 Dodge Challenger Coupe Vs. 2018 Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang is a much more modern alternative to a Challenger. Although both cars have muscle car roots, the Mustang is a much more sophisticated and performance-oriented coupé now. The Challenger is much more of a cruiser than Mustang is. Hence, if you take your car to a track more often, you will definitely enjoy the Mustang more. One would also find that the Mustang is priced much more reasonably despite being modern and sophisticated. Its interiors and was the better, it’s infotainment more modern and the quality much higher. It is a bonus that it has better fuel efficiency as well.

2018 Dodge Challenger Coupe vs. 2018 Chevrolet Camaro

The Chevrolet Camaro is a very different car when compared with the Dodge Challenger now even though they were quite similar several decades ago. Like we said about the Mustang, the Camaro is also much more modern and sophisticated. It is the most performance-oriented vehicle in this category and has excellent acceleration and handling to back. It is built with luxury in mind much more than Challenger never was. It comes with a lot of functional advantages but has been compromised in terms of its interior space. If you’re after practicality, you are better off picking the Challenger but if you are after practicality, why are you looking at this category?

2018 Dodge Challenger Coupe Vs. 2018 Chrysler 300

The Dodge Challenger is easily the most dramatic car of this bunch. In that sense, the Chrysler 300 occupies the other end of the spectrum. It is a big surprise then that these cars are powered by the same engine and share several components. The Chrysler offers a truly special engine and is revered among all kinds of people as the ultimate full-size American sedan. However, the Challenger offers you better performance credentials and also a much more dramatic exterior and interior. If you prefer understated styling, however, the Chrysler 300 is truly your best bet. It is offered at a slightly higher price and has lesser fuel efficiency but is more practical.

Final Verdict

The Dodge Challenger can be described as quite a bargain at less than $30,000. It is the car that has clearly retained its character throughout the years of its production and is very important to the history of American auto miles. Aside from being a little dated and the cabin not being up to mark, it is a great car. It offers excellent practicality for coupé although it does not have performance credentials to match these days. Also, we feel that the Challenger is truly exercising its strength when it is equipped with a 5.7 L V-8. 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$33995

body style

2dr Coupe

engine type
displacement

220 cu in

horse power

305 hp @ 6350 rpm

torque

268 lb.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

8 speed Automatic

dimensions
length

198 in

wheelbase

116 in

width

76 in

curb weight

4108 lbs

Height

58 in

Ground Clearance

5 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

93.9 cu ft

cargo volume

16.2 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

18/21/27 mpg

highway range

499.5 mi

warranty
basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


Dodge Challenger 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$34,556
5 Year Cost To Own
$48,999
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $48,999
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$6,951$1,926$1,619$1,799$1,607$13,902
Insurance$1,634$1,704$1,787$1,809$1,843$8,777
Fuel$2,098$2,123$2,184$2,244$2,300$10,949
Maintenance$181$811$389$1,269$1,542$4,192
Repairs$24$1$124$372$521$1,042
Financing Interest$2,105$1,778$1,318$857$320$6,378
Taxes and Fees$2,933$235$212$198$181$3,759
Total Cost-To-Own$15,926$8,578$7,633$8,548$8,314$48,999
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